What an amazing city. Modern, expansive, and every changing.
Trying to reconcile the Forbidden City and the Great Wall against the growing modern elements of the capital is mind bending. It's hard to believe you are still in the same city or country for that matter!
It was a tremendous experience and truthfully a bit of a culture shock. I do however, look forward to going back soon.
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The city where we met our daughter...
This is they place where we really felt the culture shock. While it is relatively modern and quite large, they were not used to Western faces. I will never forget being stared at everywhere we went. Sometimes we would turn and look back only to find people had stopped in their tracks and were still staring.
The sadly horrid air quality was proof of their massively rapid growth. Visiting their museum and Yellow Crane Tower helped bring things down to a more pleasing level.
Actually, it was mostly Shamian Island that I was able to see. After leaving Wuhan, I was very sick for a couple of days and it limited my site seeing.
The territory was divided into two concessions given to France and the United Kingdom by the Qing government in the 19th century. There are a number of clues to the colonial European period in the landscape. The island is bordered by the Pearl River and has everything from street vendors to modern shopping malls.
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